Bug Catchers

Penguin. (Dirt and Bugsy). Feb. 2023. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780593519929; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780593519912.
PreS-Gr 1–Dirt and Bugsy are thrilled to be bug catchers. They team up every day to explore nature and collect all different kinds of bugs. The boys have never met a bug that does not fascinate them. One rainy day, Dirt and Bugsy decide to take their hobby to the next level and build a “bug barn” to shelter all of their found creatures. As they gather jars, sticks, and other materials, Dirt and Bugsy create a welcoming abode for all their tiny critters before they gleefully set them free at the end of the day. Vibrant colors from Panczyszyn’s illustrations capture the boys’ joyful mood throughout this fun, simple story. The smiles on their faces epitomize the simplicity in finding beauty in nature and enjoying the company of a friend who shares the same outdoor hobby. The book ends with a guide in a childlike font on “How to Be a Good Bug Catcher.”
VERDICT An excellent choice for nature lovers and newly independent readers due to its short, concise, and repetitive sentences. A fine addition to any primary classroom or elementary library, as well as a read-aloud to share with a loved one at home.

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